PART I: Précis

  1. Select 2 relevant sources for examination. Both should be scholarly/peer-reviewed.
  2. Read carefully looking for main conclusions and the evidence to support those conclusions.
  3. Write a short paragraph for each source following the rhetorical précis model found on pp. 212 of the Guide to First-Year Writing.

Due in class:

PART II: Annotated Bibliography

  1. Select 3 additional relevant sources for examination. At least 2 of these sources must be scholarly and peer-reviewed. Read each source rhetorically.
  2. Create a bibliography entry for each source, properly formatted in MLA.
  3. Write an annotation for each source, including the first two you examined for the =l précis exercise. Each annotation should be a short paragraph of about 100-200 words including information found in the rhetorical précis as well as a short comment on how you will use the source for your research paper. More information on annotated bibliographies is on pp. 211-214.


  • 5 citations with annotations
    • At least 4 scholarly sources relevant to your topic (if you aren’t sure if your source is of quality, please check with me)
    • No more than 1 source from reputable magazines, newspapers, or websites
  • MLA citations for each source used
  • MLA formatting
  • Each annotation should be 100-200 words
  • No more than one quotation per annotation
  • Concision and careful selection of words
  • Sources should be presented in alphabetical or chronological order

Compose a 4-5 page research paper based on the secondary sources you gathered for the annotated bibliography. The paper should synthesize these sources in support of a compelling thesis.


  • A well-researched, academic argument that adds a new perspective to the existing conversation about your topic
  • A clear thesis statement that advances a specific, substantial, arguable point
  • Strong supporting evidence from your secondary research
  • In-text citation of at least FIVE different secondary sources
  • A careful evaluation of relevant counterpoints
  • A coherent organizational structure that enhances the argument and effectively portrays the research
  • An identifiable audience
  • A clear ethos
  • 6-8 double-spaced pages
  • MLA citation for all sources in an attached works cited page
  • Proofreading and proper MLA formatting

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